James C. Gary, Sr.

January 4, 1930 ~ July 30, 2010

James C. Gary, Sr., 80, of Lake Charles passed away Friday, July 30, 2010 in the comfort of his home.

Mr. Gary was born, raised and educated in New Iberia and Algiers, LA. He lived sixty years in Lake Charles. He served the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked in the Shipping Department of PPG Industries, retiring after twenty- seven years of service. Mr. Gary enjoyed visiting with people, never meeting a stranger. His passion was spending time with his grandchildren and raising animals of all kinds. He will be most remembered as a man of generosity. He was a devout Catholic, formerly a lay minister and a member of St. Martin dePorres Catholic Church.

He leaves to honor his memory, his loving wife of 59 years, Joe Anna Calloura Gary of Lake Charles; one son, James C. Gary, Jr. and wife Jeannie of Westlake; four daughters, Debra Cobb and husband Donald of Westlake, Tina Marcantel and husband David of LeBleu Settlement, Helene Massey and husband Tim of Grand Lake and Jolene Monlezun and husband Lawrence of Nacogdoches, TX; ten grandchildren, Kris, Bryan and Sheena Gary, Shelly, Dusty and Jeremy Bordelon, Joe Anna Gaspard, Gabbie and Kade Massey and Cody Monlezun; seven great- grandchildren and two sisters, Myrtle Cleboski of Houston, TX and Patricia Stevens of New Iberia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loadice and Aline Gary; three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Monday, August 2, 2010 in St. Martin dePorres Catholic Church. Father Keith Pellerin will officiate. Interment will follow in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation Sunday will be from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a scripture service and rosary beginning at 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue Monday from 8:00 AM until 10:30 AM in the funeral home.

The family of Mr. Gary wishes to express sincere appreciation to the Doctor's and Staff of Odyssey Healthcare for their excellence in care and compassion.

Donations may be made to Odyssey Healthcare, 814 West McNeese Street, 814 West McNeese Street, Lake Charles, LA 70605.

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  1. Dear Helene, Iam so sorry to hear about your dad. Iam Rhonda's nanny and I remember seeing your dad at Rhonda's one time. He looked happy and serene. Iam praying for you and your family at this time.

  2. Helene and timmy, I am so sorry for your loss. i knew your Dad through His brother Ralph. We all played baseball together in the 1960's. Know that you are in our prayers. Love you guys…. *}}}}

  3. Helene, I am so sorry about your Dad..He was a sweet man and I know you will all miss him so much. I hope that the great memories bring you peace. My thoughts are with you, your Mom, and the family…Kathy

  4. I can't tell you how sorry I am for the loss of such a wonderful man. Paw paw Gary was such a special man and he always had something clever to say 🙂 I loved listening to his many stories of when he was in the korean war and how he built his house from the ground up. My favorite story still is when he explained the story behind the plantation picture that was in the living room. He was a very special man to me I'm sorry I could not be there for the funeral. My thoughts and prayers are with each one of his wonderful children and especially maw maw!

  5. Mrs. Jo,I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Jimmy was a wonderful, caring man and I know that he will live on in your heart forever. I'll be praying for you and your family.Angela

  6. My deepest sympathy for your loss. May the promises in the Holy Scriptures brings comfort to you. The Bible promises one day soon, God will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more -Revelation chapter 21 verses 3,4.and the aging process reversed. Jesus promises, the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out – John chapter 5 verses 28, 29.

  7. To Jo AnnaI am so sorry for your loss. may you find comfort in the one who gives life. always hold near to your heart the memories you have of him. keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. We are so very sorry for the loss of Mr. Gary. He was such a nice man to visit with. No matter what he always like to talk with me. My family is very lucky to have great friends in our life from this family. We will not be able to attend the funeral but will be thinking about all of you. Love, The Papadimitriou Family

  9. We were so sorry to hear about Mr. Gary, he will really be missed. He was such a pleasant generous person. Our prayers are with the family.

  10. We were so sorry to hear of Mr. Gary's death.We were on vacation and just got back last night. I'm sorry I didn't get to visit with y'all at the funeral home.May God bless Mr. Gary. He was such a nice man.Sincerely,Carol Elliott

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